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VOA receives $2.6M federal grant to help pregnant and postpartum women in Southeastern Kentucky

Volunteers of America Mid-States received a $2.6 million federal grant, one of three in the nation, for treatment and recovery services for pregnant and postpartum women and their children in Southeastern Kentucky. VOA says it and the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute will use the money “to serve an estimated 1,250 individuals and their families over a five-year period,”...

Southeastern Kentucky braces for more rainfall as officials declare waters at 100-year flood levels

Cumberland Falls was one of the flooded areas in southeastern Kentucky. (Photo from Kentucky Today) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today What state officials are calling a 100-year flood has affected parts of southeastern Kentucky and warn that more rain is on the way. Gov. Andy Beshear, local state and Emergency Management personnel held a press conference in London on Thursday to update the situation. Beshear...

EatKentucky: Get off the beaten I-75 path and head straight to Weaver’s in downton London

Weaver’s Hot Dogs in London is more than a hot dog and burger joint. It has an expansive bar food type menu with home cooking favorites sprinkled in. (Photos by Alan Cornett)   By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward   One of Eastern Kentucky’s iconic restaurants happens to sit conveniently near I-75 in London’s lovely downtown. Unlike so many county seat downtowns across the state, London...

Perry Co. walk organizer sees himself as part of problem and solution to area’s health woes

Sam Neace, organizer of the Great Perry County Walk Saturday, Sept. 20, knows firsthand that healthy habits begin with a single step. (Photo by Cris Ritchie)   By Kristy Robinson Horine KyForward correspondent   When it comes to health and fitness, Sam Neace might be one of the worst role models around. At least, that’s the way he sees it.   “I don’t pay anywhere near as much...

Rural Blog: Silas House offers passionate retort to NY Times story on Eastern Kentucky

Silas House, author and National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, responded to The New York Times article What’s The Matter With Eastern Kentucky? in which Annie Lowery, referring to growing inequality, wrote, “What has happened in the smudge of the country between New Orleans and Pittsburgh — the Deep South and Appalachia — is in many ways as...

Southeastern Kentucky ‘Promise Zone’ one of first five; will collaborate to expand progress

Staff report   On the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, President Barack Obama yesterday reiterated a commitment to work with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing, and improve public safety by designating the first five of 20 “Promise Zones” across the country....